1. K. Michelle, Fix My Situation
K. Michelle is like poorly executed product placement on this show. For some strange reason, she has turned into the hood’s Ask Prudence and Dear Abby on this show. Personally, I'd ask K. Michelle for her advice about brown liquor & BBQ sauce, but anything else is pushing it. Then again, if you’re Peter Gunz, I suppose anyone else in a 10-mile radius is wiser.
He is such a draining person to watch. Every week Peter commits horrible acts then feigns aloofness that bad behavior has consequences. It’s a testament to the entertainment value of sociopaths in the reality genre, but I feel like I’ve been watching Peter Gunz forever and it’s only been nine episodes. Stevie J is quite the horrible mate, but he’s at least funny. There’s no humor in Peter Gunz and his follies. Hell, the same goes for the rest of the other miserable saps on this show.
In any event, K. Michelle tells Peter to reach out to Amina. I imagine it’s because while she doesn’t go as far back with Tara as producers may suggest, she is nonetheless not aiming to put the woman in any more misery with that man. Besides, Amina is a rare breed of sucker and more susceptible to his nonsense. Earlier in the show, Amina speaks with a homegirl and during the confessional portion of that segment, she says, “If this is how he treats our marriage then how can I trust him with my career?”
Oh, girl. Him being a horrible person to date doesn’t mean he can’t facilitate a singing career with you. Well, in theory anyway. Y’all have already sank that ship with this relationship and the wack ass theme song to go with it. Even so, the bigger problem is you chose to mix business with pleasure when you know for a fact that man was involved with someone.
Anyway, Peter gives Amina some sorry PowerPoint presentation with a bunch of pictures she likely took and that seemed to solve their problem – him still having sex with the woman whose home Amina helped break up. Another week of this nonsense and I’m calling immigration on Amina. Hell, Peter, too.
2. Tara’s Movin’ On
I may not agree with Tara still sleeping with a bad situation, but I’ll give the woman one thing: She is putting her monologue capability to good use. As a “birthday gift,” Yandy invites Tara to audition for a film she's producing. I’m assuming it’s a Redbox/Netflix hood flick affair. That’s no shade. Get your money, Yandy. Who knows? If Tara gets the part, perhaps I’ll have some friends over and watch it while sipping on some D'usse and smoking some medicinal marijuana. JUST KIDDING…UH, POSSIBLY UNLESS I GET A DOCTOR’S NOTE.
All that said, Mimi Faust could learn a lesson from Tara. Mimi forever is giving those Madea play inspired monologues about Stevie J and has yet to nab nann role. C’mon nah, Mimi. You should’ve already written and directed the hit chitlin circuit play, “Mama, Fuck That N***a.”
3. Saigon Wants To “Cohabitat” With Erica Jean
I’m all for people making the most out of an unplanned but life altering situation. Still, it's wild as hell to watch Saigon and Erica Jean get to know each other after making a whole new person. To his credit, Saigon is working really hard to make sure he's not perceived as the Barney to Peter Gunz's Fred as far as being trifling Black men go. Thus, after calling the mother of one of his children a whore who has stunted his kid’s development, he’s since apologized and has now offered a plan for action: move in with him. Saigon wants to see his son more than once a week and he's trying to heed the doctor’s orders on what works best to help the kid.
So in order to work on their communication, he wants her to move in. Considering Saigon’s rage – i.e. throwing her purse across the parking lot – you can understand Erica Jean’s hesitation. But she’s considering it 'cause she cares about her son’s wellbeing. However, Saigon isn’t slick. He acts like Erica Jean won’t be able to find another man on her own. Actually, I’ve seen Erica Jean in a fitting dress and I have no doubt that she can land a man. Besides, Saigon takes his romance cues from romance novels. Pro tip: Don’t.
In any event, we’ll see how this goes, though Erica did have one request before they become roommates: Meet her dad. Seriously, that was said in their conversation.
Saigon: We have a baby. Move in with me and let's get to know each other. Erica: You should meet my pops.
4. Erica Mena: Love Is Screaming and Shouting Over Me
You know how Erica Mena goes on and on about wanting Rich to “fight for her?” I always had a suspicion of what she truly meant by that sentiment and last night those suspicions were confirmed. Erica waits until her studio session – and minutes before Rich Dollaz arrives, mind you – to inform Cyn that the last time she sat in a studio with Rich, she kissed him.
Not surprisingly, Cyn proceeds to pick a fight with Rich, which subsequently ruins the session. To Erica’s not so secret delight, Cyn confirms both her jealousy of and anger with Rich. After Cyn finishes bickering with Rich and storms out of the studio, Erica goes into a tear-filled rant about how she just has to go chase after Cyn because she “fought for her” the way Rich refuses to.
See, what Erica means by “fighting for her” is that she wants someone to act like a complete and utter ass over her. In her immature mind, that confirms genuine feelings and meaningful commitment. I’ve dated people like this, and suffice to say, they might as well come with red beans and rice and buttery biscuits as they are the biggest birds you've ever seen thus far.
Sure, a partner behaving like an argumentative, insecure and jealous lover may be a signal of love, but not the kind Erica Mena is suggesting. All that does is stroke the ego of the person the other one is throwing a fit over. They like those possessive, volatile types as it makes them feel good about themselves. That is their insecurity being projected onto their partner.
Erica is too juvenile to realize that Rich has already proven his commitment to her by way of trying to help her have a music career despite not having even an ounce of natural talent and ability or even half the dedication it takes to make a real dent in the recording industry. If she wasn’t too busy looking for a person to essentially do the work of masturbation for her, she’d see that and just get with Rich if that’s what she really wants. It’s not, though, and with that type, it rarely ever is. Those people want an ego booster and de facto cheerleader. It doesn’t matter what person fills the role so long as the persona matches. Rich, Olivia was right and you have played yourself so many times over. No wonder your client with real talent had to bizounce.
5. We Ain’t Getting No Younger, Girl, So We Might As Well Do It
I was right with Tahiry’s sisters and their “Girl, bye” inspired response to Tahiry’s proclamations about how over Joe Budden she was. I don’t blame her for wanting to get over Joe Budden and all the BS he’s put her through. In fact, I kind of wish Tahiry had met Drake first. That said, Tahiry loves that man and his Silence of the Lambs speaking self, so at this point, it’s just a question of when is she going to decide whether or not she is willing to be with him as is, or at least, work with him as he tries to display some nominal level of evolution, or if she’s going to banish him forever for her own good. I’m assuming the former will happen because Joe "It Rubs The Lotion On Its Skin Or It Gets The Hose" Budden has been working over time to win her back.
He talks with his pops and mentions proposing, which we’ll see next week. Good luck, Tahiry. No judgment if you decide to become Mrs. Budden. I just want you happy, pretty lady with the profanity-laden speech pattern.